Music Curriculum Overview 2017-18

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year.


Year 7

Students are involved in listening, performing and composing activities throughout the year. They will learn to read and write music in both graphic scores and traditional notation. They will study the Instruments of the Orchestra; learn to develop basic keyboard skills and develop understanding of using ICT in Music.

Year 8

Students are involved in listening, performing and composing activities throughout the year. They will continue to develop skills in reading and writing music, including writing their own melodies using chords. Students continue to develop their keyboard skills and perform a wide range of music. Students also learn about music from other countries and further develop ICT skills.

Year 9

Students are involved in listening, performing and composing activities throughout the year. They will continue to develop skills in reading, writing and performing music. Topics covered will include Blues; Jazz; Minimalism; Programme Music and Film Music. Students will also continue to develop their ICT skills.

Year 10

Students follow the OCR exam board specification. During Year 10, students prepare two performances; one solo performance and one ensemble performance. Under the regulations of the exam board, these cannot be recorded for assessment until Year 11. Students complete one composition for any instrument in any style. In preparation for the listening exam, students study music under the following four headings –

  1. The Concerto through Time
  2. Rhythms of the World
  3. Film Music
  4. Conventions of Pop

Year 11

During Year 11, students record their solo and ensemble performance. A second composition is completed to an exam board brief. Students will have a choice of stimuli to choose to base their composition on. Listening skills are developed further from the topics studied in year 10, in preparation for the Listening exam.

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